It’s opening day for Guapo’s ninth area location, bringing Georgetown diners a lengthy lineup of nearly 100 types of tequila, large fajita plates, and deep discounts for happy hour.
The new restaurant (3050 K Street NW) kicks off its Tex-Mex menu with seafood and tortilla soups and queso dip and quesadillas, followed by three ceviches, burritos, and four types of tacos. Lunch and dinner service starts right off the bat, with boozy brunch entering the mix on Saturday, September 1.
Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes bites like two tacos, nachos, and plantain chips for $5. Beers are $4, wine is $6, and six kinds of margaritas are $6.
An extensive tequila selection includes one-ounce pours starting at $9, inching all the way up to $35 for Patron Platinum. There’s also a $40 sangria pitcher big enough for more than six glasses.
A huge “plato grande” platter for two ($65) includes steak, chicken, smoked baby back ribs, and bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with cheese and jalapeño. One of five enchilada orders features shrimp and scallops with a seafood béchamel. Sizable plates with rice and beans ($18 to $25) include a New York strip, garlic sauce, fried yucca, and side salad, and another with shrimp, tequila glaze, spring onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and garlic.
Here’s a look at the opening dinner menu:
The modern 3,800-square-foot restaurant, accented by laser-like linear lighting and bright shades of red and orange, boasts a 100-seat dining area, 16-seat central bar, and 40-seat outdoor patio with prime views of the Potomac River.
The family-run brand’s late founder Hector Rincón opened the first Guapo’s nearly 30 years ago in Tenleytown, and its latest location brings tortas and Latin American fare to the table for the first time.
Newcomers in Guapo’s kitchen include executive chef Nathan Breedlove, an alum of José Andrés’ Thinkfoodgroup family of restaurants, and executive sous chef Sergio Galindo, who’s studied Latin American cuisine and cooked in New York under Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Status: Scheduled to open at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 27 (and daily at 11 a.m. starting Tuesday, August 28). 3050 K Street NW; website.